UNPF launches report


WHEN a girl is able to exercise her right to stay healthy, complete her education and make decisions about her own life, she and everyone around win, says United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) country representative Koffi Kouame.
Speaking at the launching of the 2016 population report yesterday, Kouame said every year the United Nations Population Fund launched the population report and this time it was focusing on the 10-year-old girls.
“The theme is the young girl at 10. UNPF has the mandate to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, a child birth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
“So this year’s theme is in line with the third pillar of this mandate ensuring that every young person’s potential is fulfilled and the focus is on the young girl,” he said.
According to a UN report, there are about 125 million 10 year olds who are alive today and part of the largest number of young people in human history, out of which over 60 millon are girls and 65 million are boys.
“When a girl reaches age 10 her world changes; a flurry of life-changing events pulls her in many directions. Where she ends up depends on the support she receives and the power she has to shape her own future.
“She will be healthier if she chooses to start a family, her children will be healthier, she will be more productive and make a better living in term make the world a better place,” he said.
Kouame said the new United Nations 2030 agenda for sustainable development and its accounting 17 goals aimed for equitable inclusive development that would leave no one behind.
This 15-year plan promises to transform the future of millions of 10-year-old girls who have traditionally been left behind.
“Many of the sustainable development goals may only be achieved if everyone’s potential is realised.

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